Sardine migration

Every year at the end of May near the southern edge of Africa sardines gather into the large schools. Their aim is to ascend to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and gave birth to the younger generation. Unbelievably large schools of sardines, that resemble a spindle, stretched for tens kilometers, start their way from the coast of SAR. During all the long trip sardines are surrounded by marine predators. Dolphins, sharks, whales, seals, gulls, cormorants, tunas don’t see anything except millions of sardines. There is no better moment on the whole Earth for those who love underwater photography. An amazing sight will bring lots of impressions to any diver. It’s impossible not to admire this mad abundance of all the forms of the ocean life. The tour includes living on the shore of the Indian Ocean in 3* lodge or camp, in the bungalow with all the conveniences, food and perfect service. Every day early in the morning just after the intelligence from the air or orientating by the schools of birds, groups go into the Ocean on the high-speed boats. The boats are powerful, twin-engined, 8-12m/26-39ft zodiacs. Each one has 6-10 divers, skipper and guide. There is all the necessary equipment in the boats including hydrogen, DAN first aid kit, communication and navigation items. Then the boats search some interesting place or event: whales, sharks, dolphins or birds. Just on the spot they decide whether to dive with the aqualung or only with snorkel. Most of the dives are performed not far from the shore in the blue waters without the bottom surrounded by sardines and their pursuers. As usual the dives lasts 5-10 minutes. Then it’s necessary to come back quickly on the boat and follow the predators ahead. Sometimes the dive is performed on the schools way: divers on the surface wait for the fish pilgrimage and dive right in the moment of meeting with them.

Location: The southern edge of Africa

What to see: Millions of sardines and predators that pursuit them: dolphins, sharks, whales, seals, gulls, cormorants, tunas

Depth: 20-60m/65-196ft

Currents: 1-2knots

Visibility: 20m/66ft or better

Season for diving: Every year from the end of May till the end of July. The average water temperature is about 20C/68F.

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